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Girl From The North Country

From 261 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

About the show

Following a run at London’s Old Vic and a West End transfer, the new show from Olivier winner and Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson and music icon Bob Dylan makes its American premiere. More…

Dylan’s inimitable songbook is transformed into the story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. 


Member Reviews (261)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like Bob Dylan, good acting, a moving story. It held my interest. I only knew a few of the songs, but enjoyed them all.

Don't see it if don't like old fashioned stories.

97
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Amazing music and moving story. A very powerful moment about racism. I got the last seat. Loved it.

Don't see it if If you don’t like historical musicals or the music of Bob Dylan.

84
Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love Bob Dylan, you like untraditional narratives, multiple characters, piecing together a story.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical where music directly carries on the narrative, or exactly reflects the situation. Clear cut main characters

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a "different" play with music borrowed from Bob Dylan's catalog.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musical with a story arc.

Also I thought Act 1 was good (wasn't sure where this was taking me but I w... Read more Read less

71
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Dull

See it if you want to hear covers of Dylan songs more than you want a coherent, vibrant, entertaining play.

Don't see it if you're expecting great theater with characters you care about, a story arc and music that makes sense with the action it's highlighting.

Also While the only real negative I can say is that the songs most often di... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Interesting arrangements, Not a jukebox musical

See it if you want to see a plot-filled piece with well-sung unusual arrangements of Dylan songs -- and an amazing performance by Mare Winningham.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-ahead things-are-so-clear musical or want to hear only Dylan's hits.

Also This is an interesting and entertaining production -- but you'll proba... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a Bob Dylan fan and want to see his songs in a story that make them feel true. You like bleakly realist shows and don't mind drama.

Don't see it if you want to see a happy or action packed show. You don't like character study pieces.

Also I enjoyed this show, but not quite as much as I was hoping to. I was v... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to see a beautifully written, classic American drama that innovatively weaves in preexisting music.

Don't see it if You need the music in your plays to drive story.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It's original and worth seeing. I wanted to like it more than I did. I think I was expecting more. It's a sad and depressing play and lea

Don't see it if If you don't like historic plays about the depression and how people manage to merger out an existence. This play is one to skip.

73
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You want to hear some fresh interpretations of Dylan songs.

Don't see it if You're expecting a riveting piece of art. The plot was boring and though the songs were highlights, it wasn't enough to keep me entertained

78
Enchanting, Great singing, Slow, Unique, Fluffy

See it if You love the words of Bob Dylan

Don't see it if You are expecting something other than a small production scale with great lyrics.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you have an open mind and want to see genius staging, acting, singing and story line. The characters are extremely well developed

Don't see it if you are expecting a jukebox musical. The score sets more of a mood than integrates with the istory.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You adore Bob Dylan's songs and music. If you enjoy realism one moment with fantasy and mystery the next.

Don't see it if You do not like plays about poverty, death, and adultery.

76
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Expected more

See it if The voices are excellent, interesting staging most of the actors were good

Don't see it if Did not think the music fit the story and the story did not move forward well. Disappointed in the show

82
Absorbing, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You want to hear some of Bob Dylan’s songs in a musical with a strong story line Along with some serious themes.

Don't see it if You do not like the music of Bob Dylan or plays that have some serious themes.

90
Profound, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love Bob Dylan's music and are moved by a collage-style view of the plights of people living under difficult circumstances.

Don't see it if you need songs to reflect the exact experience of the characters who are singing them. The poetic license ultimately pays off hauntingly.

Also I'll admit the show seems choppy at times, but the book, music, perfor... Read more Read less

80
Great singing

See it if Mare Winningham & others- great. Songs often creative & beautiful, good singers, but too many in SAME mushy style, no bite, frustrating!

Don't see it if Didn't even sing most of Girl From the North Country! Unrealized potential. Challenging to create story from these songs!

94
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Riveting

See it if You enjoy seeing something new. This is a beautiful show. Bob Dylan’s music arranged masterfully to a story set in Depression era

Don't see it if You like sugary musicals or theater based on movies. Otherwise, I think everyone should see this piece!

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Beautiful treatment of Bob Dylan's work -- some of the earlier, more obscure songs. Great acting. Absorbing story of the depression.

Don't see it if You only want to hear Dylan work as he, or well known covers, perform it. You want fast moving action. This is a quiet play.

80
Uneven, great singing, historically inaccurate

See it if You love Dylan's music & won't mind a weak and in certain ways cliched plot. The playwright is Irish & misrepresents America's racial past.

Don't see it if You are looking for a great play that showcases Dylan's songs. The music is stellar, the play less so.

84
Great singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you want an interesting play and use of Bob Dylan's music. Although the writing was somewhat cliched, it really takes off with the music

Don't see it if you are expecting a concert of Bob Dylan songs.

72
Great singing, Slow, Depressing

See it if you are familiar with Bob Dylan music, you’re looking for a cross between a play and a musical

Don't see it if you want lighter fare that’s energetic and happy, you don’t enjoy bleak Depression-era stories, you prefer intricate story lines

Also I’m admittedly unfamiliar with most of Bob Dylan’s catalogue of work s... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you love the plays of Conor McPherson and Bob Dylan’s songs, and are interested in seeing two disparate artistic visions working together.

Don't see it if you are only interested in mindless musicals.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You like seeing shows that are outside the box. Very slow but absorbing.

Don't see it if You were looking to see a traditional musical

90
Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You like Dylan and want to see a new and creative take on his music brilliantly interpreted by a (mostly) younger generation.

Don't see it if You don't like Bob Dylan, you enjoy upbeat, conventional musicals,


October 1st, 2018
"A rich and strange marriage of the talents...If you’re a hard-core Dylan fan, you’ve heard these songs before. But, for me at least, they’ve never sounded quite so heartbreakingly personal and universal at the same time...The most imaginative and inspired use to date of a popular composer’s song...
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October 1st, 2018
"The show makes Dylan’s songs as unfamiliar as it can; it freezes them in timelessness...'Girl from the North Country' doesn’t have much plot, but it provides a compelling setting for Dylan’s plangent lyrics, whose range encompasses yearning, bitter confusion and grace. McPherson uses Dylan’s son...
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October 1st, 2018
"The play is a somber, self-serious affair. In searching for the soul in Dylan’s tunes, McPherson, who also directs the show, and his orchestrator and arranger Simon Hale have consistently sapped them of their mischievous spark...'Girl From the North Country' never quite stops feeling like a dirg...
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October 14th, 2018
"McPherson attempts to surround several of Dylan’s tunes with a frame vague enough to contain their poetry and broad enough to relate their social truths...A show that fully accepted the challenge of Dylan’s elusive balance between unstable consciousness and tough social fact might have told more...
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